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GoldFish Part 2

GoldFish Part 2

This lesson demonstrates a way that makes math fun and easy. By using goldfishes and allowing them to choose different characters, children are easier to be engaged in the...
GoldFish Part 1

GoldFish Part 1

This lesson demonstrates a way that makes math fun and easy. By using goldfishes and allowing them to choose different characters, children are easier to be engaged in the...
Blocks

Blocks

This is an activity in which children could learn the concept of size through vision and...
Grow Your Brain

Grow Your Brain

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In every failure is a lesson. Einstein said failure is success in progress. That’s how you grow your brain! Read transcript Did you have trouble finding the shape that you wanted to make? How did that...
Classroom Centers

Classroom Centers

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate | Wichita, Kansas Students use hands on classroom centers and activities to complete daily work in math, though the activities can be used in any subject. Read transcript In my classroom, I have some independent math stations. Most of...
Finding and comparing sums

Finding and comparing sums

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Each student takes a domino and counts the dots. Students then compare the numbers. The student with the largest number takes both dominoes. Read transcript Today we’re going to be playing a game of...
Finding the difference between two numbers

Finding the difference between two numbers

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this subtraction lesson, students use number cards and pennies to find the difference between two numbers. Read transcript Today I’m going to teach two students how to play the Difference Game. What...
Shortcuts to Mental Math

Shortcuts to Mental Math

Josh Sipes | Oxford High School | Oxford, Kansas Josh Sipes shares some tips to doing mental math for elementary students. Read Transcript Hi, I’m Josh Sipes. I teach high school and middle school math at Oxford Junior/Senior High School. I will be just doing a...
Math Vocabulary Wall

Math Vocabulary Wall

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Students and teacher can refer to the math vocabulary wall for math vocabulary reinforcement. This can help first graders learn, remember, and use math vocabulary correctly in and out of the classroom. Read...
Organizing Interactive Math Journal

Organizing Interactive Math Journal

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita , Kansas Students get differentiated pages to cut and glue into a math journal. The journal can be added to and used as a resource throughout the year. Also, students can track their progress by using different colors...
Using Rods to Teach Measurement

Using Rods to Teach Measurement

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses rods of different sizes to teach measurement. The students arrange the rods from the shortest to the longest. Read Transcript Hello again. This is another way that I teach measurement to my...
Using Cubes to Teach Measurement

Using Cubes to Teach Measurement

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses ten cubes of different size to teach measurement. The students observe the teacher arranging the cubes by size from the biggest to the smallest. Read Transcript Today I’m going to teach...
Adding

Adding

A simple addition lesson, where students can count objects and add...
Activities for Teaching Basic Shapes

Activities for Teaching Basic Shapes

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas After the teacher discusses the number of sides and corners each shape has, the students do different activities involving circles, squares, and triangles. They can trace the shapes, cut them out of paper, and...
Counting by Fives: Hands

Counting by Fives: Hands

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Students use their own and each others’ hands to move from counting by ones to counting by fives. Read Transcript I would like to show you how I teach counting by five to the students in my classroom. To begin...
Counting by Tens: Hands

Counting by Tens: Hands

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Students practice counting by ones, then fives, then tens using their own and each others’ hands. Read Transcript Today I’m going to show you how I would teach counting by tens, to the students in my...
Learning Basic Shapes with the Hokey Pokey

Learning Basic Shapes with the Hokey Pokey

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Each student has four basic shapes cut out of paper: rectangle, square, triangle, circle. The teacher picks one of the shapes and sings a song. Students have to recognize and pick up that shape and then join in the...
A Game that Teaches More, Less, Same Using Dice

A Game that Teaches More, Less, Same Using Dice

Becky O’Hearn | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and the students play a game with dice. The students learn more, less, equal by counting the dots on the die they roll and then comparing it to the teacher’s roll. The teacher has the...
Teaching Patterns using Natural Materials

Teaching Patterns using Natural Materials

Blake Burbach | Discovery Place Preschool | Wichita, Kansas The teacher explains “AB” and “ABC” patterns. She creates examples of the patterns using natural materials and then has the students make their own patterns. Read Transcript Patterns...
Daily Calendar: Singing and Counting Days

Daily Calendar: Singing and Counting Days

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher sings a song with the students to help them learn the days of the week using a calendar. She guides the students through the practice of learning numbers and the pronunciations of days of the...
Subtraction Stories with Beans

Subtraction Stories with Beans

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas Here is one way to teach subtraction using simple story problems and small objects or “counters” like beans. The teacher tells some stories involving subtracting or “taking away” and uses beans...
Sorting Objects by Size

Sorting Objects by Size

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches students about sorting objects according to their relatives sizes: small, medium, and large. The teacher gives each student some objects of different sizes and the students sort them into the...
Teaching Counting On Fingers

Teaching Counting On Fingers

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher and students practice counting in sequence by using the ten fingers on their two hands. As the teacher puts up each finger the children count from 1 to 10. They can then partner with a...
Subtracting: Bigger and Smaller Number

Subtracting: Bigger and Smaller Number

Cathy Gray | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches children that in subtracting, you start with the bigger number and take away the smaller number. The students practice rolling dice and putting the numbers in the correct order for a...
Skip Counting by Twos

Skip Counting by Twos

Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson the teachers demonstrates how to count by twos using a chart of numbers up to one hundred. The students learn to count by 2s from any number. Read Transcript Okay, boys and girls. Today...
Touch Counting with Objects

Touch Counting with Objects

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, students use objects, or counters, to practice touch counting. They roll a die and then lay out that number of discs. They then touch each disc as they count the number aloud. Read Transcript...
A Fun Song to Practice Counting

A Fun Song to Practice Counting

P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students sing a song about five monkeys and count along with their fingers. They go from five monkeys to zero monkeys as they sing, making sure the number of fingers they are holding up matches...
Sorting by Color Using Beads

Sorting by Color Using Beads

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity teaches students about sorting by showing them beads of different colors and asking how they might sort them. The students discuss and decide that they can be sorted by color. Then the students each sort...
Teaching Shapes with Paper Cutouts

Teaching Shapes with Paper Cutouts

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher introduces four basic shapes: rectangle, square, triangle, and circle. She uses paper cutouts to show and describe each shape. Then she asks students to find the shape somewhere in the...
Using Objects to Teach Counting

Using Objects to Teach Counting

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas The teacher uses beans to demonstrate counting. As each bean is placed on the table, it is counted aloud. This shows the students the one to one relationship between the written number and the number of objects....
Ideas for Teaching Written Numbers and Counting

Ideas for Teaching Written Numbers and Counting

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher and students match written numbers to the number of beans counted. This shows the students how numbers relate to real things. Each day, the class writes and discusses one number, after...
Measurement: Comparing Length

Measurement: Comparing Length

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A measurement lesson in which the teacher shows the students different sized pipe cleaners and has the students compare the sizes. Other objects could be used such as sticks or leaves. Read Transcript...
Teaching “Less, More, and Equal” Using a Graph

Teaching “Less, More, and Equal” Using a Graph

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas Here is one way a teacher can practice the concepts of less, more, and equal with students. Using a “weather graph board” the class tracks the number of days that are sunny, cloudy, etc., the...
Graphing With a Grid and Objects

Graphing With a Grid and Objects

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas A lesson that teaches students how to sort and graph using objects. The students can sort the objects by different characteristics and then graph them on paper. Read Transcript Hi. Today, I’m going to...
Addition: “Counting On” Strategy

Addition: “Counting On” Strategy

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas An addition lesson where the teacher uses dot cards to teach the children how to “count on” from any given number. The teacher counts each dot on the cards individually with the student so they can see how...
Moving from Counting Numbers to Writing Them

Moving from Counting Numbers to Writing Them

Neva Thiessen | Early Childhood Educator | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students count a group of objects together, touching each one as they count aloud. The teacher then shows the written number that matches to the number of objects. Read Transcript Hi. I’m...
Understanding Zero: Cups and Beans

Understanding Zero: Cups and Beans

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas This activity uses separate cups labeled 0 to 3 to introduce the concept of zero. The teacher adds beans in each cup that match the number on the cup. The students are asked questions about the number of beans in each...
Engaging Students in Graphing

Engaging Students in Graphing

Heidi Jo Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A graphing lesson where the students’ opinions are graphed on a whiteboard. The teacher has two cases filled with different materials and when the cases are shaken they make different sounds. She...
Building Shapes with Paper and Sticks

Building Shapes with Paper and Sticks

Noel Lucero | Kensler Elementary | Wichita, Kansas After the teacher has introduced basic shapes to her students, she has them build each shape out of construction paper or sticks. Read Transcript Hi, today I’m going to talk about one way that I teach shapes to...
Using Story Problems and Beans to Teach Addition

Using Story Problems and Beans to Teach Addition

Janet Houk | Minneha Elementary | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher uses objects and relatable stories to help convey the key concepts of adding to early childhood students. She then asks the students to count the beans so they have a physical example of how...
Teaching Odd and Even Numbers Using Beads

Teaching Odd and Even Numbers Using Beads

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas The teacher and students use written numbers and glass beads to practice counting from 1-10. The teacher then introduces the concept of odd and even numbers and then reviews them with the class. Read...
Counting by Tens: Using Beads

Counting by Tens: Using Beads

Debra Dennill | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this lesson, the teacher uses written numbers and bead bars to demonstrate counting by tens. Students take turns placing the correct number of bars to represent 10, 20, 30 and so on until they reach 100....
Solving Subtraction Problems with Objects

Solving Subtraction Problems with Objects

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher shows students how to solve written subtraction problems by counting tiles or other small objects. The students also get practice writing the problems, using sheets with the...
Recognizing Written Numbers: Number Hunt Game

Recognizing Written Numbers: Number Hunt Game

Cindy Johnson | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas This game helps students learn and practice recognizing written numbers. The teacher holds up a number and has a student find that number somewhere in the classroom. If a student has trouble reading the...
Solving Addition Problems with Objects

Solving Addition Problems with Objects

Sumita Ghosh | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas In this activity, the teacher shows students how to solve written addition problems by counting tiles or other small objects. The students also get practice writing the problems, using sheets with the addition...
Teaching the Months of the Year Through Song

Teaching the Months of the Year Through Song

Amanda Leger | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas A song that can be used to teach students the months of the year. The teacher points at each month on a chart as they sing the song. Students clap on the current month. The teacher can also use the chart to...
Mathematical Development in Young Children – Geometry

Mathematical Development in Young Children – Geometry

This video describes children’s experience with shapes in their environment and their ability to recognize, name and describe a shape’s attributes. This video is part of a series describing children’s early mathematical development and showing how professionals...
Mathematical Development in Young Children – Data

Mathematical Development in Young Children – Data

This video describes children’s ability to collect, observe and compare data. Working with data offers children interesting opportunities to gather information to find an answer to a question. This video is part of a series describing children’s early...
Mathematical Development in Young Children: Comparison

Mathematical Development in Young Children: Comparison

This video describes children’s ability to compare two groups and notice if one has more or less. It also provides examples of how early childhood professionals can both explicitly teach this skill and support its development through daily routines and play. This...
Mathematical Development in Young Children: Cardinality

Mathematical Development in Young Children: Cardinality

This video describes children’s recognition of total quantity (cardinality). It also provides examples of how early childhood professionals can both explicitly teach this skill and support its development through daily routines and play. This video is part of a series...
Mathematical Development in Young Children: Counting

Mathematical Development in Young Children: Counting

This video describes children’s understanding of quantity and their development of counting skills from rote to purposeful. It also provides examples of how early childhood professionals can both explicitly teach this skill and support its development through daily...